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Fall Classic Continues To Crown A Wide Array Of Champions

The Kentucky Horse Park was the venue for the 2004 Fall Classic Horse Show October 6-9. The Fall Classic had a wide array of 110 classes to offer. Horse show manager Scarlett Mattson and Assistant Manager, Charles Walker did a great job to keep the horse show flowing with the unmatched help of Beth Snider.

The Bluegrass Futurity was the featured class on Thursday night. The Futurity awarded a total pay out of $93,349.58 with over $39,000 going to the first-place winner. The weanling owner will receive 75 percent of the payout and the stud fee donor will receive 25 percent of the winnings. The Bluegrass Futurity Yearling class began Friday evening session which led into the Kentucky State Academy Championship later that evening. This brought the state’s best academy competitors from areawide. Gary Garone was judge for the show horse section and wife Marsha Garone would officiate over the Academy classes. Kathy Boggs, Gary Garone and Robert Ruxer judged the Bluegrass Futurity in a majority system panel. The UPHA 11 and Under National Finals and the UPHA 10 and Under Walk/Trot National Finals were judged by Gary Garone, Kathy Boggs and Liz McBride-Jones.

This year’s show bill was unique in that the International Saddle Seat World Cup competition shared the facility and was added to the slate of classes with its own panel of officials. See separate editorial coverage.

The featured event for Thursday evening was the Second Annual Horsemen and Horsewomen’s auction. Written ads in the program, were meant to be a spin off from the Tattersalls catalog. Each entries would be actioned and sold to the highest bidder where the proceeds raised from the auction go to the UPHA Chapter 9. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund. The proceeds from the silent auction and the horse show go to the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. This year the auction broke records. The silent auction items gathered more than $9,600.

The highest ticket item in the silent auction was the Aaron Stump doll created by WeeZee. Other great silent auction items were autographed hat,tie and autographed framed picture of Don Harris aboard Multi-World's Champion CH Imperator, donated by Don himself. These special items sold as one, brought $500. The Horseman’s auction raised over $21,000 with the highest bid raised for the dinner with Orlando “Tubby” Smith and wife Donna which brought $3,100. Misdee Wrigley of Hillcroft Farm offered to drive a hitch of Friesians at her farm, this experience was next for $1,500.


An exciting group of 12 entries with several of them world’s champions answered the gate call. Memories Paragon, with Nelson Green in the irons, rode to the top of the Five-Gaited Grand Championship. Memories Paragon adds this win to his list after his most recent amateur championship title with Ceil Wheeler at ASHAV for Kenny and Ceil Wheeler. Reserve World’s Champion Have You Ever and Redd Crabtree claimed the reserve honors in the championship for the Leatherwood Farm.

Title Bound and Misdee Wrigley won the Ladies Five-Gaited class for the Hillcroft Farm.

I’m A Treat and Mary McClean rode to the top of the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship for the Golden Creek Farm. Callaway’s Weatherman and Gabe Deknatel rode to the reserve tricolor after winning the Amateur Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding class for the second year in a row for the High Hickory Farm on Wednesday. McClean and I’m A Treat were reserve in the qualifier. In a repeat win from 2003, Amusing and Amy Dix-Rock won the Amateur Five-Gaited Mares class for Edna Dix.

The Champagne Tiger, with Christy Bennett up, claimed Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor division. Bennett rode The Champagne Tiger to the winner’s circle in the championship and then rode away with the red ribbon in the qualifier. Peritime and Alyssa Lopez were reserve in the championship for Kathy Capsuto.

In a promising field of eight, Five O’Clock and Don Harris rode from the line as the Five-Gaited Junior Horse class. This was Harris’ debut on this fine colt for Chris and Jean Nalley.

Leatherwood’s Hats Off and Redd Crabtree were announced the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic Champion for the Leatherwood Farms. This was only their second appearance in two shows, both being blue-ribbon rides.

Callaway’s Exception To The Rule and owner Alexa McWilliams the topped the Five-Gaited Pony Class.

Jeff Ramey aboard Callaway’s Ellis Island won the Five-Gaited Amateur/Novice Rider out of eight entries. Got The Ticket with Kim Crumpler rode from the line as the Five-Gaited Limit class for Dr. Jeri Irwin.


From a field of five fine entries, Lime Twisted and Clark Clouse rose to the top in the Three-Gaited Stake for Robert Lilly in a commanding performance. Pinekrest Man In Black and Todd Graham claimed the reserve tricolor in the championship for the Pinekrest Farm.

Bayou Belle and Melinda Moore claimed top honors in the Three-Gaited Ladies class for owner Spencer Mains.

Champion Nightly Affair with Chris Nalley won the Three-Gaited Amateur Championship. Nalley qualified by receiving the reserve honors in the Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2. In two powerful rides, Laura Gralton rode Amelia’s Heir Cat to the close reserve tie in the Amateur championship and to the red ribbon in the Amateur Three-Gaited Under 15.2 qualifier. Gralton was edged out by Amy Hanson aboard Vision Heir for Penny Lane Farm. Callaway’s Merry Go Round with Misdee Wrigley in the irons was called to the winner’s circle in the Three-Gaited Amateur Over 15.2 class for the Hillcroft Farm.

Champion Undulata’s Perfect Gift ridden by Aaron Stump trotted away with the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship. Stump also had a blue ribbon ride in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 14 and Under class. Bad Moon Rising and Caroline Kamer received the reserve honors in the championship. Kamer trotted to the top of the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 15-17 class for the Apple & Oats Inc.

Proving just how hot of a duo they are, I’m A Hot Ticket and Jackie Tanner trotted out the gate with the Three-Gaited Junior Horse title for Joan MacFarlane. Tanner and I'm A Hot Ticket were the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic champion from just one year ago here. Smith Lilly aboard Broadway’s Momma Mia adds the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic win to their credits in preparation for Kansas City in November. Broadway’s Momma Mia is owned by Bill Beckley. Lance Williamson rode Borrowed Love to the winner’s circle in the Three-Gaited Two-Year-Old class. This is another fine entry of Spencer Mains.

Simbara’s Cara Mia won the Three-Gaited Pony class, with owner Ashley Biggins in the irons. Fame’s Preferential Treatment and Claire Talley won the Walk/ Trot Trimmed Mount class.

Dr. Louis Johnson made his victory pass aboard A Rhythm Nation in the Three-Gaited Amateur/ Novice Rider class. A Great Day’s Coming and Melinda Moore received top honors in the Three-Gaited Limit class for Peggy Whitley and Danny Bugg.


In his second year in a row, Callaway’s Copyright, with John T. Jones at the lines, drove to the claim the title of Fine Harness Grand Champion for the Fox Grape Farm. Heirogant Rose and Mary Sue Walker won the reserve tricolor in the championship.

Sass With Class and Brigett Parker drove to the top of the Fine Harness Amateur/ Lady class. In the Fine Harness Junior class, Nelson Green drove The Great Gaspar to yet another win for Stonecroft Farm.

Gothic Bronze was called from the lineup as the UPHA Fine Harness Classic class with owner Eleanor Pederson at the lines.

Heir’s Encore with Joan Lurie at the whip drove away the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Champion for Kathleen Ruwoldt.

In the Bluegrass Futurity Two-Year-Old Fine Harness, Smith Lilly drove Mother Mary to claim the honors for Mr.. and Mrs. Sam Bowling.


In the Park division, Nurse Goodbody with Rob Byers up, won the Three-Gaited Park Championship for Bruce and Pam Milligan. Kalarama Shiraz and Chantel Coetzee were reserve in the championship for Elizabeth Goth.

CH A Step of Time and Luanne Kilday received the title of Three-Gaited Park Amateur Grand Champion after winning the qualifier. Ninety-Eight degrees and Chris Nalley trotted to the reserve honors in both the qualifier and the championship.

In the Park Pleasure division, 16 entries answered the gate call in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic class. Bret Day aboard Norah Jones rode to the top for the Hyhorse Farm. Pistolero and Rob Byers were named the winners of the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure open Rider class for Mary Jane Pebbles.


Champion Callaway’s Rockaway and Chris Nalley dominated the Five-Gaited Pleasure division. Nalley rode Rockaway to win the Five-Gaited Pleasure qualifier and Championship for the second year running for Chris and Jean Nalley. Stonewall’s Stargate and Patrice Watson were reserve in the championship. Jackie Wahrmund and Doubletree’s Confederate won the Five-Gaited Pleasure Novice class.

Champion Harlem Heat, with Lib Jones at the lines, added to her already impressive list of accomplishments the wins in both the Show Pleasure Driving qualifier and the championship. Heir’s Curtain Call driven by owner Joyce Cashman was reserve in the championship.

Champion Bonnie Buck and Amanda Murchison dominated the Three-Gaited Adult Show Pleasure section. Murchison trotted to the winner’s circle in both the Adult qualifier and Championship. The King’s Row and Dakota Willimon were reserve to Murchison in both classes for Stonecroft Farm.

In the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship 13 entries answered the gate call. Samuel Adams and Amy Rives trotted out the gate with the tricolor for Peter and Christina Rives. Mountainview’s Last Treat with Katelan Crabtree aboard was reserve in the championship for Barbara Watts. Vida Eraser and Lindsay Haupt won the Show Pleasure 14 and Under qualifier. HF Yorks Coppertone with catch rider Tate Bennett claimed the blue in the Show Pleasure 15-17 qualifier for Charla Crook.

In A Blue Moon and Beth Bushell won the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Novice class. Rebekah Stover aboard Gypsy’s Glory received the blue in the Three-Gaited Pleasure Pony class for Heather Tye.

Ashley Judd riding Callaway’s Hit Man was called from the lineup as the winner of the Walk/Trot Pleasure 12 and Under for Heidi Bowie.


Donna Smith drove Heirithmatic to the top of the Country Pleasure Driving division. Smith and Heirithmatic were no strangers to the winner’s circle. Smith won both the Country Pleasure Driving qualifier and the Championship. Worthy’s Just Once and Kathy Snyder received the reserve honors in both class.

Champion Bi Mi Add Lib, with Kendra Fisher in the irons, dominated the Adult Country Pleasure division. Fisher trotted away with top honors in the championship and qualifier. For Reference Only and Tracy Garcia rode a commanding reserve in the championship.

Lindsay Taylor added the title of Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Champion and Grand Champion to their list of wins for Deborah and Lindsay Taylor. Callaway’s CH Hardin and Katie McClaughlin were reserve to Taylor in both of these large classes.

Lardi Meyer rode Striking Point to the blue in the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Novice class for the Delovely Farm.


Golden Creek's entry Heartland Elise drove out the gate as the winner of the Hackney Pony Open Champion with Mary McClean at the lines.

Heartland Triple Crown, with Heidi Bowie at the whip, was called out to be the Harness Pony Open Champion in a impressive list of five.

Heartland Celebrate Celebrate and Angela Utecht in two winning drives won the Hackney Pleasure Pony Driving division. Utecht drove to the top of the Hackney Pleasure Pony driving preliminary and championship for Kim Linke.

In the Hackney Horse Open class, Hope Valley driven by Mark Schofield to the winners circle to claim the blue for Kaaba Inc.


World's Grand Champion Power Ranger, with Raymond Shively at the lines, pulled from the line as the Roadster to Bike Grand Champion for the Delovely Farm. Amaruk driven by Bill Knight was reserve in the championship after winning the Roadster To Bike Limit class.

In the Amateur Roadster to Bike division, Danny Bugg driving Gingerbread Man claimed the title as grand champion for Melinda Moore. Guess Who and Misdee Wrigley received the reserve tricolor award in the championship for Kaaba Inc.

Showing with blazing hot speed, Valiant ridden by Dannette Musselman won the Roadster Under Saddle Class for Alliance Stud.

As the Open Road Pony Reserve Champion, Holli McDowell drove Pure Country to the title and tricolor in the Roadster Pony Championship for Charlotte Goodman. Buckwheat with Ann Fitzpatrick at the lines was reserve in the championship for Rigby's Green.

Beaulah Jean driven by Tom Lowry claimed top honors in the Open Road Pony class for Golden Creek Farm.

Christy Bennett drove Material Girl from the line at the Road Pony Junior Exhibitor /Amateur Championship and the Roadster Pony Medallion class. This is another fine entry of Golden Creek. Amadeus and Debbie Gabbert were reserve in the championship. Old Memories and Elise Johnson won the Amateur Road Pony qualifier.


Alexandra Flynn gained the title of Equitation Champion and Grand Champion for riders 17 and Under. Flynn is under the guidance of Delovely. Renee Zubrod rode two close reserve ties in both classes.

Also from Delovely, Brittany McGinnis outperformed the field in a combination of rail work and workout to claim the UPHA 11 and Under Saddle Seat National Champion. Ellen Medley Wright finished up a commanding reserve behind McGinnis.

In the UPHA 10 and Under Saddle Seat National Championship, Kelsey McDonald pulled from the line as the champion. McDonald is under the direction of Sugar Knoll Farm. Nathan Stein was edged out to receive reserve. Stein rides under the Premier Stables banner.

Lardi Meyer rode to the blue in the UPHA Challenge Cup in a grand exhibition. Meyer is instructed by the Delovely team.

Adding to her accomplishments, Christina Collis trotted to the top of the UPHA 10 and Under Walk / Trot Challenge Cup. Collis is under the direction of Jo Cornell Stables. Kelsey McDonald was reserve in a class of eight entries.

In virtually flawless exhibition, Chelsea Jo Roby topped the NHS Event class. Roby rides under the Cornell Stable banner.

In the USEF Medal class, Infinity Stables instructed rider Joel Dorignac to claim the blue and the title.

Lindsay Haupt claimed top honors in the Pleasure Equitation 17 and Under class and championship. Ali Judah from Cornell Stable was reserve to Haupt in both classes.


In combination with The Fall Classic the Kentucky State Academy Championships were held on Friday night with eight divisions the Championship classes ran intermixed into the Saturday schedule. This year's academy finals were no exception to years past in that the classes were full of well prepared horse and rider combinations to fight for the title of champion and reserve champion in each division. The top 10 ten riders received a participation ribbon and a chance a victory pass photo opportunity. Jo Cornell Stables dominated the academy championship classes this year winning four championships. Jordan Canady won the Academy 8 and Under Walk/Trot class. Madison Hawes was reserve riding under the Betsy Webb Stables banner.

In the Academy 9-10 Walk/Trot Championship, Kristen Smith of Cornell Stables claimed the tricolor. Kate Homel rode a close reserve from Betsy Webb Stables.

Cornell's Melinda Wilson rode from the lineup as the Academy 11-13 Walk/Trot Champion. Jennifer Crisp under the guidance of Doris Reed won the reserve tricolor.

Betsy Webb's stable mates, Sondra Hodgsdon, edged in front of Kaelyn Donnelly in the Academy 14-17 Walk/Trot Championship in a close class.

Beth McBroom won the Academy Walk/Trot Championship for Adults instructed by Shadow Run LLC. Melissa Kirtley representing the McConnell Stables was named reserve.

In the Walk/Trot Canter section, Maggie Schuh claimed top honors in the Academy 13 and Under WTC Championship. Schuh rides under the Cornell Stables banner. Lauren Kelly from Walnut Way Farm was called from the group as reserve.

In the Academy 14-17 Walk/Trot/Canter Championship, Natalie Combs under the direction of Mallard Farm trotted away with the tricolor. Biggins Stable's Juliann Schmidt received the reserve tie. Brittany Irvin topped the Academy Adult Walk/Trot/Canter Championship adding a blue to the tack room wall of McConnell Stables. Meghan Gaddie was reserve for Randy Stoess Stables.

Bluegrass Futurity

With the continuous reductions or dispersals in some of large breeding operations today, it was refreshing to see such a large number of colts fighting over the Futurity purse this year.

In the 2004 Bluegrass Futurity, 34 entries answered the gate call to compete for a purse of over $93,000. The winner also received a Cindy Wolf Bronze to remain in their possession for one year and also a Freedman Harness handcrafted halter made especially for the Bluegrass Futurity and donated by David Freedman. All Top 10 finalists were awarded a bronze participation Medallion created by Cindy Wolf for the Futurity along with the remaining payout which continues through eighth place. Second place received $22,212.40, third; $13,327.44, forth, $8,884.96; fifth, $4,442.48; and sixth through eighth received $1,500 each. All was split in the same 75:25 style.

Joe T. Smith lead the handsome colt Exquisite One to the winner's circle for John T and Nancy Jones to claim the $39, 982.31 check in the weanling division of the Bluegrass Futurity. All American Cup Champion Mosette led by Bret C. Day for Tom Galbreath received the reserve honors and with this a check for $22,212 bringing this fancy filly's lifetime earnings to over $92,000. Bill Waller lead the Shannon Sewell entry, Mistaken Identity, to the third tie in such a large field of wonderful colts.

In the Yearling division of the Futurity last year's weanling winner Miss Roxie Hart led to the top of the class again with handler Joan Lurie for Nolan and Willowbank Farm. South Bound Suarez led by Melinda Moore won the reserve honors for Spencer Mains. Proving there's consistency in success, Enchilada received the third place honors and futurity winnings. This colt was third in 2003 in the Bluegrass Futurity as a Weanling for owner/handler Melinda Moore.

Bluegrass Futurity Weanling Results: 1. Exquisite One Sire: Our Charm, Dam: Highpoint’s The Kings Flame 2. Mosette Sire: Sir William Roberts, Dam: Sadie’s Lady 3. Mistaken Identity Sire: Attache’s Thunderbolt, Dam: Fatal Charm 4. High Time’s Northern Storm Sire: Supremacy High Time, Dam: Northern Fantasy 5. High Time’s No Time For Lovin Sire: Supremacy High Time, Dam: Callaway’s Love You 6. Jean Pool Sire: The Mystery Writer, Dam: A Wishing Star 7. Pas De Foie Gras Sire: Fascinating Rhythm SLS, Dam: Shout 8. Fire Hero Sire: Haven’s Hero, Dam: Reedann’s Wildphire

Bluegrass Futurity Yearling Results: 1. Miss Roxie Hart Sire: Supreme Delivery, Dam: Severely Clear 2. South Bound Saurez Sire: Star Material, Dam: Fancy Woman 3. Enchilada Sire: Revival, Dam: Haute Tamale 4. Heart Of Steel Sire: General Steel, Dam: Corixa 5. Judy Elaine Sire: Simbara’s Rising Son ,Dam: Crystal York 6. Razin’ A Ruckus Sire: Let’s Get Ready To Rumble, Dam: Well Dayzerved 7. Cabernet’s Way Too Loud Sire: Unlisted, Dam: Callaway’s Phoebe

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